St Mark's is a thriving, successful Catholic school on the edge of Westerhope and Newbiggin Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A welcome from Headteacher Alison Miller
A Welcome from the school

Reminder school breaks up for Easter Holidays Thursday 13th April.



Head Teachers Welcome

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to St Mark's R.C. Primary School.

St Mark's is a thriving, successful Catholic school on the edge of Westerhope and Newbiggin Hall in Newcastle upon Tyne.

We provide a broad and exciting education for children aged four to eleven. We are proud that the latest Ofsted report identified many outstanding features of our school, including our outstanding care, guidance and support. Providing our children with a secure environment that actively encourages their academic, spiritual, personal and social development is of the utmost importance to us.
We welcome applications from all children regardless of faith.

If you have not yet had a tour round the school during the school day you would be welcome at any time. 

Alison Miller

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote a sense of self-worth through an understanding that each one of us is precious to God. We will achieve this through providing a quality education, in a happy and secure environment, developing relationships of trust within a Christ centred community.




School Performance

Below is a copy of our most recent Ofsted Report

This link takes you to the School Performance Tables


From 1 September you will be able to apply online for a September 2017 school place.

Click here to go to the Newcastle City website

The closing date for on time applications is midday (12 noon) 15 January 2017. If parents miss this deadline, your child's application will be classed as late and will be processed after the applications received on time. 
Key Dates

3 February 2017Last date for you to tell us about exceptional circumstances, such as a house move or loss of sibling link, for it to be considered in the process for 18 April.
18 April 2017National offer day. Login online to see your offer. Alternatively we will post letters second class today to paper applicants.
2 May 2017Deadline to accept offer. If you do not respond we may remove the place and reallocate it to another child.
8 May 2017First waiting list round to reallocate places that have become available.
15 May 2017Deadline to submit late changes and late applications to be considered in the second waiting list run.
22 May 2017Deadline to submit an appeal to ensure it is heard in the first round of appeals.
5 June 2017Second waiting list run to reallocate places that have become available.  Late applicants and late changes will be made offers today.

Help and advice
Phone Newcastle City Council Families Information Service on 0191 277 4133 or email They can provide impartial support and one to one assistance through the application process.

Below is a copy of our Admissions Policy

School Governors

The main role of our school’s governors is to support the head and staff; playing a key role in the leadership of the school. Through a process of monitoring and evaluation, they help to set and reach targets, striving for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.

The Governing Body of St Mark's meet six times per year and the sub-committees (Finance & Staffing) once per term. Governors are regular visitors to the school; they attend whole school events and also visit individual classroom to focus on specific areas of the school life.

Members of the Governing Body are listed below:

Chair : Monica Lowes (Foundation) 

Vice-chair : Sharon Patterson (Local Authority)

Foundation : Fr. O'Kane

Foundation : Maureen Bamling

Foundation : June Duffy

Foundation: Paul Rayner

Foundation: Catriona Powell

Parent: Gurpreet Toor

Parent: Louise Garrett

Staff: Rose Wilcox

Headteacher : Alison Miller

Associate : Janet Stephenson


Our School is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of all of its pupils. Each pupil’s welfare is of paramount importance. If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please speak to our designated person: Mrs Alison Miller, or the deputy DP, Mrs Melanie Henderson.



Online Safety

With the Internet now playing a part in everyday life, it is very important that we educate Children, Staff, Parents and Carers "How to Stay Safe Online."


Cyberbullying is any bullying behaviour that takes place ‘virtually’ via mobile devices like phones and tablets, through online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and is also common on gaming sites. Cyberbullying can happen in or outside school – whenever and wherever children have access to phones or the internet. Examples of this kind of behaviour include inappropriate text messaging, e-mailing or blogging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, excluding individuals from group chat and creating false personas to mock or humiliate others. There is strong expectation from government that teachers will tackle all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, and in recent years they have extended powers such as the specific power to search for and delete inappropriate images/files on electronic devices, including mobile phones.

Find below some useful links to keep you and your family safe on the Internet.  Here are links to some very useful sites:

ParentInfo Articles

Parent Info Internet Safety



School uniform is worn at St Mark’s RC Primary to give the children a sense of identity and pride in their school.

Our school uniform is
  • Grey pinafore or skirt
  • Grey trousers white polo shirt
  • Brown sweat shirt/cardigan/jumper
  • Yellow sweatshirt for Nursery
  • Black or brown school shoes (not trainers or boots)

Yellow and white checked dress may be worn by girls and grey/black shorts by boys or girls in the summer term.

Reception class also need a pair of wellies for outdoor work, these can be kept in school during term time.

School logo polo shirts, sweatshirts ,cardigans, fleeces, coats and hats may be purchased direct from Tots to Teams.

The PE kit consists of a yellow polo shirt and navy blue shorts. Children will need trainers for outdoor sessions and can wear navy tracksuit pants in colder weather. Pupils who have swimming lessons need to bring a swimming costume or swimming trunks and a large towel.

Please clearly label all clothing and bags.


The only items considered appropriate are watches. For health and safety reasons, other jewellery, including earrings, should not be worn in school.

School Day

Doors open                   8.40am

School begins               8.50am

Lunchtime KS1           11.45am—1.00pm

Lunchtime KS2           12.15 pm—1.15pm

School ends                    3.15pm     

Home School Agreement

School Lunches

School lunches

School Meals

Lunches are cooked on the premises and we ask parents to support our school dinner service. There is always a good selection of well balanced and nutritious options available. Menus are available so that parents are well informed about what is on offer and children can choose their meal in advance.

All dinner money should be brought into school on a Monday morning in an envelope marked with the child’s name, class, date and amount. The child should hand it in at registration. It is helpful if the correct money is enclosed or payment is made by cheque.

All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative.

Cheques should be made payable to Newcastle City Council. The current cost of a school meal is £2.00 per day (£10.00 per week). If your child is entitled to a free school meal please speak to the office as soon as possible.

Alternatively, children may bring a healthy packed lunch (no fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars, please). This should be brought to school in an appropriately labelled bag or box. Packed lunches are stored in areas designated for each class and are collected on the way to the hall. We encourage children to bring a healthy packed lunch - this helps them to concentrate and do their best in the afternoons. Advice about packed lunches is available from:

Lunchtime supervisors and teaching assistants will supervise the children in the yards and school hall during lunchtimes. During bad weather children are supervised within their classrooms.

Parent View

Parent View

Parent views of the school form an important part of the school's self evaluation and the inspection process. Your views help us to make our school even better and give external visitors a view of the school from a parental perspective.

Please visit to enter your views.

Thank you.


Congratulations to our girls football team. Winners of the first ever Newcastle Schools Girls Champions Cup! Goals by Courtney, Caitlin and Jasmine took them to win over St Teresa's and Our Lady St Anne's and a draw with St Alban's. They dis not lose a game or let in a goal all season.
Many thanks to Mr Murphy their coach.




 Special Educational Needs Information Report

Our mission is to promote a sense of self-worth through an understanding that each one of us is precious to God. We will achieve this through providing a quality education, in a happy and secure environment, developing relationships of trust within a Christ centred community.

Our mission statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our children with additional learning needs. This document gives families information about the variety of ways we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to help them reach their potential. We provide a full range of support and strive to secure improved outcomes for our SEN children. 

The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and support where necessary.

If you would like further information, or a chat, please contact our SENCO, Melanie Henderson, by email  or phone on 0191 2869349

There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:

  • They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
  • They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
  • They have emotional or mental health difficulties.
  • They have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
  • They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example a hearing or sight impairment

All Pupils with Additional Needs

For all children at St Mark’s RC Primary who have an additional need we:

  • Recognise that the family is the expert on their child and work in partnership with them.
  • Deliver high quality teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure children can access the learning.
  • Employ a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to lead on SEN provision across the school.
  • Assess and review the learning of our SEN children, using that information to inform future planning and teaching.
  • Provide teaching assistants in class who work with SEN children and also, importantly, support other children so that the teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN children.
  • Hold regular meetings for teachers and teaching assistants with the SENCO, to review children, interventions and resources and to adapt provision where necessary.
  • Support our families with children with SEN, formally through review meetings and informally through our “open door” approach. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
  • Work closely with outside agencies to ensure each child’s needs are fully identified and understood and to learn from specialists how best to support our SEN children.
  • We evaluate intervention groups and strategies on a termly basis.
  • Regularly evaluate our teaching resources to ensure they are accessible to all SEN children.
  • Ensure our school activities and trips, as far as is possible, are accessible to all our SEN children.
  • Hold termly review meetings with families for children with a higher level of SEN.
  • Provide on-going SEN training and information for teachers and teaching assistants
  • Liaise closely with pre-school settings, other school and high schools at transition times to ensure SEN pupil information is clearly communicated and recommendations heard, so that every move is as smooth as possible.

Communication and Interaction

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Speech, Language and Communication Needs

  • We use visual timetables when needed to support children to understand what will happen and when.
  • We provide areas with reduced distractions and low stimulus
  • We offer additional support during break and lunch time when appropriate.
  • We use social stories to help children learn how to approach different social situations.
  • We offer 1-1 or small group intervention.
  • We have a variety of resources available to use, depending on a child’s sensory difficulty. Eg wobble cushions, oral motor devices, isolation earphones, personal workstations.
  • Counselling sessions are available with our PSA for anxiety or anger
  • We run small group speech and language sessions.
  • We deliver speech and language workshops for parents.
  • We access the expertise and advice of the local authority Speech, Language and Social Communication team.

Cognition and Learning

Cognition and Learning Needs

Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Specific Learning Difficulties ( SpLD)

  • We access the expertise and advice of the Special Educational Needs Teaching and Support Service (SENTASS) to ensure the needs of children are clearly identified.
  •  We provide small group support with a focus on literacy or numeracy skills, depending on need.
  •  We use intervention programmes to improve literacy or numeracy skills- e.g Read Write Inc and Numicon.
  • We provide resources to support children with specific needs- e.g. coloured overlays and reading rulers to help with reading for our dyslexic children.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Mental Health Condition, Social Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties

  • We support children who are presenting with gaps in their social and emotional development through a variety of methods.
  • We create behaviour management plans where necessary, to ensure children can access the curriculum and all children remain safe.
  • We complete risk assessments and then take action to ensure the safety and inclusion of all children, whenever possible, in all activities
  • We provide one to one counselling sessions for vulnerable children.
  • We put in place short term support for a child with a specific emotional need, for example, bereavement.
  • We run 1-1 and small group sessions with a focus on social skills.
  • We seek the expert advice and support of outside agencies, including the School Health Advisor and the Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS)

Sensory and Physical Needs

Sensory and Physical Needs

Hearing/Visual Impairment, Physical Disabilities, Multi- Sensory Impairment & Medical Needs

  • We provide support and practical aids where appropriate to ensure pupils can access the curriculum.
  • We seek advice and guidance from school health for pupils with significant medical needs
  • We run intervention sessions to improve pupil skills, e.g. gross and fine motor skills
  • We request and act upon advice and guidance from the Newcastle Children’s Vision Team and Hearing Impairment Team.
  • When it is appropriate we use ICT to enhance pupil’s access to the curriculum.
  • When required staff receive training in understanding the impact of a physical or sensory need on the teaching of learning of the child.
  • There is wheelchair access across the school.
  • Our staff understand and apply the Managing Medicines Policy

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